Starting LB Henry Coley among three suspended for Virginia's trip to NC State

Virginia linebacker Henry Coley (center, No. 44) has been suspended for a violation of team rules. (US Presswire)

Virginia returns to the field on Saturday after likely spending its off week working on a last push for an otherwise disappointing season. The Cavaliers will face NC State hoping to avoid the program's worst losing streak since 1981.

On Monday, coach Mike London announced that three players -- including a starting linebacker -- have been suspended for a violation of team rules and will not make the trip to Raleigh.

London told local media at his weekly availability that linebacker Henry Coley, tight end Jeremiah Mathis and fullback LoVante' Battle have been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. London did not name a length for the suspension, explaining only that there are expectations for the three players to meet in the coming week.

"It'll depend upon how the things that are required and the things that have to be done on his part to see if that's satisfied or not," London said Monday. "We'll know again the following week."

If Virginia falls to NC State on Saturday, its losing streak will extend to seven games and match the school record set more than three decades ago. Coley not only starts at linebacker, he's fourth on the team in tackles (40) and tackles for loss (4.5).

London tabbed sophomore Daquan Romero as the next man up for Coley's strong-side linebacker spot, adding that Romero will split time with freshman Demeitre Brim. The two underclassmen will be competing for snaps in what London has said is now an open competition.

(H/T: CFT)

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